a visiting professorship at Stanford, so IBM moved me to California as promised. IBM also made me a fellow in January 1965. At that time Bob was made president of the Federal Systems Division, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, concentrating on advanced technology and systems for aerospace, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Gemini and Apollo programs.
In 1969, Bob was made president of the Systems Development Division. He was responsible for management of IBM’s principal computer product lines, including systems programming, and development and manufacturing of terminals and communications systems, point of sale, and banking subsystems.
In 1972, Bob Evans was elected a vice president of IBM. In 1974 he initiated the IBM-Comsat partnership, which became Satellite Business Systems. In 1977 he was made vice president of engineering, programming, and technology, to ensure the effectiveness of IBM’s wordwide technical activities.
On July 1, 1984, Bob took early retirement from IBM after 32 years, 9 months, to pursue other interests. He became general partner at Hambrecht and Quist Venture Partners, becoming managing partner in 1988. In 1995 he became president of Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation.
Bob had so many other activities and positions that it is impossible to list them all here, but I must mention that he received the Edwin H. Armstrong Achievement Award in 1984 from the IEEE Communications Society, and in 1985 President Ronald Reagan presented him with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his work on IBM’s System 360.
I thought Bob had the most fantastic memory of any person I have known and felt that he related all previous experience to any new circumstance immediately! Bob was also a loyal and supportive friend and human being.
Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Maria Bowman; three sons, Robert, Douglas, and David; a daughter, Cathleen Licero, who works in marketing at IBM; and eight grandchildren.